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I was raised as Catholic, but now I am not religious, only spiritual. ^ I don't care about labels either, but if I must be labeled, I pretty much am an agnostic thiest.
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Agnostic, I'm not huge on religion and the whole thing confuses me. I just go with what happens.
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I dont practice any religion and I dont believe in organized/institutionalized religion or whatever..but I was raised methodist christian which is basically all about not being a d!ck to people...unlike some of that "hell fire" southern babtist bullshit
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I was raised in a Christian householdm but I never really identified with any particular religion, at least when I was younger. My mum once said I was a Christian when someone asked me what religion I was by someone and answered them saying I didn't really believe in it.

But I'd say I'm a Buddhist - in theory, but not practice, if that makes sense?
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A religion should be something you choose as an adult, if you want to; some religions are complete nonsense and do a lot of lifetime damage when they're taught to children as fact
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Raised in an evangelist Christian household. Now agnostic/atheist, whichever distinction fits most, I really don't even know. I suppose more atheist but as Dawkins said, an atheist is really just a very strong agnostic since no one can really know for sure if there is no god, just like they can't know for sure there are no unicorns, leprechauns, Santa Clauses, etc.
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As I like to say, there have not been 5 consecutive minutes of my life where I believed in any kind of god.
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Um...Religion has killed more people than anything in the world. Count me out of that game. It's just a way to make money, divide people and create wars that kill mass numbers of people. I feel like it is an inherently unintelligent and anti-human system. If you need a God or Gods to worship and give you meaning then it is pretty fair to say you desire to be lead and have no concept of free thinking. You need someone telling you what to do and how to live b/c you ultimately don't believe in yourself which is why we will be wiped from the face of the earth.
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Agnostic. Don't worry, I don't bite.

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Um...Religion has killed more people than anything in the world. Count me out of that game. It's just a way to make money, divide people and create wars that kill mass numbers of people. I feel like it is an inherently unintelligent and anti-human system. If you need a God or Gods to worship and give you meaning then it is pretty fair to say you desire to be lead and have no concept of free thinking. You need someone telling you what to do and how to live b/c you ultimately don't believe in yourself which is why we will be wiped from the face of the earth.
^Well said.

I was raised in a strong Christian household.

Was un-brainwashed round about 2010. Did a lot research and discovered it was a whole lot of BS, created for various reasons.

Felt like a rug was pulled from underneath me, as it took me a while to learn to deal with there being no God or Jesus.
It is strange to get used to the truth when you have been taught religious beliefs as fact your whole life.
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I identify as athiest.
My own belief is that religion was invented to give reasoning to things that mankind don't understand and also as a means to control their believers (whether or not it's in a postive or negative way)

Saying that, I think that the root of many religions do try to teach some good; My husbands family are Buddhists and I find a lot of their teachings fascinating.
I think in essence it could be a good way to live one's life. However, there are still parts that I can't accept. I remember visiting a temple and the monk there telling me that bad things that happen in a person's life could be down to them doing negative things in a past life. I just can't believe that. To refer to my first point I feel that it was introduced for a particular reason- so that people could find a reason for their "bad luck" but I don't think there has to be a reason. Bad things just happen, as do good things, I think that's just the way things are.

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Raised LDS, but I wouldn't have chosen it. While there were admirable components to it - which resulted in a pretty stable family life, it really -is- a cult. And it's a cult that lies damnably about its past. Additionally, it offers no valid evidence to support its central theological claims. (That's a whole can of worms that would span several - or one VERY long - post[s].)

For that reason, and the fact that it was an incredibly dull faith, I ended up leaving that religion in my late teens and early 20s. I now strongly identify with the skeptical / agnostic (technically atheist, but there is still room for error) side of the spectrum.

If I need miracles, I can observe the advancement of modern medical science. If I need inspiration, there are stories of contemporary human heroism and kindness. If I need a community, well - my personal experience is that religious communities have been hypocritical. If I need purpose - I find it in pursuing my own happiness in ways that hopefully aren't harmful to others. The things that religions can provide can be found outside of them, for me.

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I find some of the Eastern religions like Taoism and Buddhism interesting. A lot of it is more of a philosophy than a religion. I wouldn't say that I practice any of them really - but I do like some of their ideas.

The concept of religion itself doesn't really bother me, it's more like organized religion that bothers me. Timothy Leary said, "Create your own religion." and that's pretty much the attitude I have. If I'm going to believe in something, it's going to be because I see merits in the beliefs. It's not going to be because it was dictated to me by some other person or group. Once you're at the point of mixing and matching belief systems to whatever works for you, you don't even need to call it religion. If someone asks me what my religion is I would say "agnostic" or "other" if they want a one-word answer. A better answer is that my beliefs are a mixture of philosophy, ethics, and science. And that those beliefs serve the function of religion in my life.

I call it the Eternal True Way of the Radiant Honking Goose, or Honkism for short. My spirit soars like a brilliant white goose in flight. When the pressures of the material world become too great, rhythmic swinging and large quantities of tea coupled with repeating the mantra of "Honkhonkhonkhonk" bring my mind to a state of Ken. But don't take these beliefs as dogma... hold a goosema instead. Make your own religion.
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Nihilist. I've made it a religion now
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